Using the Pico Car Seat on an Airplane: Everything You Need to Know

You've probably witnessed the struggle, or perhaps you know it all too well from your own experience ... the epic hassle of lugging a bulky car seat through airport terminals when traveling with kids.

That’s where Pico comes in!

Approved for use in both cars and planes, Pico's lightweight, compact design makes it a game changer for family excursions.

Before you take off, be sure to check out this Q&A with everything you need to know about taking Pico on your next flight.

Is the Pico approved for use on planes?

The Pico meets all U.S. standards regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Pico has been tested to meet all standards listed in FMVSS 213.

If a flight attendant asks me for proof that my Pico is FAA approved, what do I show them?

The Pico has all the labeling required by the FAA.

You'll find one label located under the seat that includes the standard wording required by the FAA.

And you'll find a second label on the rear side of the seat back. 


Pico Portable Car Seat FAA Labels:

FAA Label Pico

FAA Label on Pico Car Seat

How do I install my Pico in an airplane seat?

Here's a quick video demonstrating how to install your Pico in an airplane seat.

Should I check my Pico if I’m not planning on using the Pico on a particular flight?

If you're not planning to use the Pico during your flight, we highly recommend taking your Pico with you on the plane as a carry-on.

We discourage checking the Pico on flights, since it could potentially get damaged in the baggage handling process. 

Luckily, the Pico is easy to take on board. It's compact enough to fit nicely in the overhead bin, or even under the seat in front of you in most commercial planes.

What exactly are the FAA’s policies when it comes to using car seats on planes?

Check out this downloadable PDF version of the FAA’s Advisory Circular on the Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft.

It's a great resource to understand your rights when it comes to bringing child restraint systems on your flights.

It also offers some handy tips. For instance, if an airline approved-label happens to rub or get worn off on your car seat, the Circular states that you can provide the car seat manual as proof that it is FAA-approved.

Click here to access our manual in English and Spanish.

As always, reach out to our Customer Experience Team at with any other questions. And safe travels from everyone at WAYB!

Further Reading:

Car Seat Blog: Flying with a Car Seat? Know Your Rights!

The Car Seat Lady: Why Use a Car Seat on an Airplane?

Trips With Tykes: Car Seats on Airplanes: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Part 1: At the Airport)